Top 10 Alternative Christmas Songs!

With Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time of year when you start to hear those bells jingling wherever you go…

We’ve all heard the classic Christmas playlists, with the likes of Mariah Carey and Wham being rolled out year after year (ewww!) but what about a more alternative festive soundtrack?

At Blue Banana we love alt style, and alt music! So we’ve compiled this list of the top ten alternative Christmas tunes (in no particular order) to bring a little more cool to your Christmas!


#1 The Killers Feat. Ryan Pardey – I Feel It In My Bones

This 2012 Christmas banger shows The Killers at their best! This tune is actually the Killers’ seventh Christmas single and we think they’ve got it mastered. Perfect for those of us who have landed themselves on Santa’s naughty list…


#2 Poly Styrene – Black Christmas

This 2010 playful punk hit has a reggae feel to it that is sure to bring some sunshine to your stocking! Written about a serial killer dressed as Santa, this quirky alternative Christmas song is definitely packing an alternative punch and scrimping on Xmas cheese!


#3 Death Cab For Cutie – Baby Please Come Home

With lead singer Ben Gibbard’s sweet tones behind it, this Christmassy cover is just what you need on those cosy nights cuddled up by the fire! (It’s not quite as good as I will Follow You Into The Dark though!)


#4 The Nightmare Before Christmas – What’s This?

No alternative Christmas collection would be complete without some Tim Burton magic! From the 1993 hit movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this catchy Christmas jingle was written by Danny Elfman. We challenge you to listen to it without singing along! (Warning: This song may cause severe ear-worm…)


#5 Blink 182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas 

We all know how it feels having to put up with all the people we don’t really like in the spirit of Christmas, and no one could describe that better than Tom Delonge! This un-christmassy Christmas song is perfect for those of us who want to bring a little punk rock to party season and if you enjoy this, you have to check out their other festive creation, Boxing Day!


#6 Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name 

Although not strictly a Christmas song, this classic head banger has gained a reputation for being one of the biggest alternative music triumphs ever! After a hugely successful petition and public voting in 2009, this RATM track beat Joe McElderry’s X factor efforts to the top spot for Christmas number one! It’s amazing what people can do when they set their mind to it…


#7 The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

For those that go all soppy and mushy around Christmas time, this heart-felt holiday tune from 1989 is definitely one for your Christmas playlist!


#8 Korn- Jingle Balls

You can always rely on Korn to bring some alternative attitude to your ears and this 1999 Christmas hit is no exception! Perfect for anyone looking for cheese free tunes this December.


#9 AC/DC – Mistress For Christmas

Enjoy some classic rocking around the tree this year with this unforgettable track from 1990! With some pretty cheeky lyrics, Brian Johnson will have you searching for a ‘female form in minimum dress’ this Christmas!


#10 The Pogues Ft. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York 

Lastly on our list is a Christmas song that has made it on to most mainstream Xmas playlists, despite being packed with attitude, bad language and a distinct lack of Christmas spirit! For anyone who has been through a break up at Christmas, this awesome tune might make you feel a little bit better!


With these Alternative Christmas Songs in your Santa sack there’s no excuse to be cringing over Cliff Richard or crying into your turkey over East 17… So crank up the volume and celebrate crimbo in alt style this year!

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If alternative music is your thing, or you know someone who is a massive fan, make sure you check out our online catalogue for a huge range of Official Band Merchandise. With everything from wallets and wristbands to T shirts and hoodies, there’s a Christmas gift to suit every recipient and every budget! All you have to do is work out which band you like the most!

Merry Christmas Rockers! 


Written By BlueBanana